How to Make Our Quick and Easy Recipe for Cocoa Brownies

This brownie recipe with cocoa powder is heaven fresh out of the oven.

This brownie recipe with cocoa is so delicious and simple, you’ll want whip up a batch for any occasion.You likely already have most—if not all—of these ingredients in your kitchen. Plus, the end result is magical.

A Note About Baking With Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder is a pantry staple that adds a rich, chocolaty taste.Is your cocoa powder nearing or past its labeled expiration date? Don’t throw it out! We were shocked to discover how long cocoa powder actually lasts.

Pro Tip: To cure any serious chocolate craving, try some of these delightful recipes that feature cocoa powder.

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How to Make Cocoa Fudge Brownies


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Yields 24 brownies


Step 1: Mix the goods

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt and nuts. Set aside. In another bowl, thoroughly combine the oil, eggs and vanilla. Gently add to dry ingredients with the help of a rubber spatula.

Pro Tip: Many of our readers recommend using walnuts for this recipe.

Step 2: Go nuts!

Spread in a 13×9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.

Step 3: Bake and enjoy

Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes. Resist the most common brownie-making mistakes: don’t test for doneness with a toothpick (if it comes out clean, they’re overcooked!), and do let those brownies cool before devouring them.

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Ceara Milligan
Ceara “Kiwi” Milligan is a professional marketing strategist and copywriter who is proud to call Milwaukee home. She loves baking, cooking, writing, listening to music, dancing, playing and hosting trivia, watching college basketball (Go Marquette!), telling lame jokes, and petting every dog that crosses her path.